Get my Grandpa to the World Series

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Helen Schlegel
on behalf of Stephen Ruckman
 NILES, IL
Original campaign description:

My Grandpa is 97 years old. He served in Pearl Harbor and is the BIGGEST Cubs fan I know.  He had the opportunity to go see the Cubs in 1945 World Series Game 7 and still has the original ticket stubs. He has been waiting since that heartbreaking day, to see the Cubs in World Series. Please help my Grandpa witness the Cubs in the World Series again.

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Updated campaign description:

Hi everyone - I'd like to add some important new information.

First, a big thank you to all donors and supporters! It means a lot to my Grandpa to say the least!

Now that we've been gifted 2 tickets to the World Series from the generous Marcus Lemonis, I'm excited to have this opportunity and the momentum of the community here to share the support my Grandpa has seen with other deserving veterans.

To continue the giving spirit here, we've decided to donate 100% of donations to this campaign to the Purple Heart Foundation and are looking into the best way to route funds to them. More to come on that.

http://www.purpleheartfoundation.org/

The Purple Heart Foundation celebrates our heroes by helping them access benefits and help they need and are more than worthy of. It would mean a lot to my Grandpa and I for us to band together to make this campaign a success for more veterans in his honor.

That said, we'll continue accepting donations - if you aren't able to donate, please share the campaign link with your Facebook friends and email contacts: https://www.gofundme.com/get-my-grandpa-to-the-world-series-2vymnbhg

Thank you so much for your continued support for the vets!
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Update 5
Posted by Helen Schlegel
5 months ago
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My grandpa had an amazing time at the game thanks to everyone involved. He and my dad had an amazing experience, that can't be put into words. It was unreal the support that was received for this old man. Congratulations to the Cubs too whose big win made the experience even grander!

To all the generous donors of this campaign - one last thank you from me, my grandpa, and the Purple Heart Foundation. Together, we raised about $13,000 for veterans. This community has made veterans who know about the campaign know that over 500 donors stand behind them and also brings awareness to the importance of the cause.

We're turning donations off to the campaign and proudly working with the foundation so they can withdraw directly. Additionally, Marcus Lemonis will be matching our total in a direct donation to the foundation as promised!

There's more to be done for our vets, and if you want to keep the spirit of giving going, please share the Indiana Colt's punter Pat McAfee's campaign for vets in Indiana: https://www.gofundme.com/helpindianavets Pat will match up to $50,000 of what's donated to his own campaign!

Thanks again, team!
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Update 4
Posted by Helen Schlegel
5 months ago
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This special campaign announcement comes with great excitement...

The ever generous Marcus Lemonis has pledged to match our campaign's total donation amount to the Purple Heart Foundation! My grandpa and I are thrilled to have this kind of attention and awareness being raised in honor of the veteran community. Thank you for your continued donations and support in sharing this campaign!

Here's the link for easy sharing: https://www.gofundme.com/get-my-grandpa-to-the-world-series-2vymnbhg
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Update 3
Posted by Helen Schlegel
5 months ago
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Thank you everyone for your support. We were able to get in contact with Marcus Lemonis! He has donated 2 tickets to the game in the front row!

We will be donating all the proceeds to the Purple Heart Foundation!

Thanks everyone for your support and generosity! You made this happen!

Go Cubbies!
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Update 2
Posted by Helen Schlegel
6 months ago
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Thank you everyone again! Because of all your support and generosity all extra proceeds will be donated to the Purple Heart Foundation to help wounded vets!

https://purpleheartfoundation.org

Let's Get My Grandpa to the World Series! We are almost there!!!! :)

Go Cubbies!
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Rogelio Gonzalez
6 months ago

Hello Helen, my name is Rogelio Gonzalez, I am a fan of Marcus Lemonis, an investor and tv show host of "The Profit" He shared your GoFundMe for your grandpa and says he wants to take your grandpa to the game, He needs to reach out to you for this. His Twitter is @MarcusLemonis

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Marc Renault
6 months ago

Hi....just sent this link to the Cubs organization via their website....hope someone there can help you out!!! Good luck!!!

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Theresa Jansen
5 months ago

Marcus Lemonis just tweeted and said he has a front row seat for your grandpa! Please contact him on twitter @marcuslemonis

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Laura Frye
5 months ago
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8

I think donating to the Purple Heart Foundation is great, but for what it's worth, I wouldn't be opposed to using the money to try to get your grandpa to as many games as you can afford!

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Peggy Ann
6 months ago
5
5

I hope you get to go to the game! Thank you for your service!

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Scott Feck
6 months ago
4
4

you fought for our country you should get them free. i hope my little bit helps you, I had so much fun this summer at the games at wrigley/ It has been a fun fun year. I know you will get to go. HAVE FUN! and thank you for your service

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Amy Schlegel Spikings
6 months ago
3
3

I shared this page on the WGN facebook page where so many nice people left such sweet comments

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Don McFarland
5 months ago
2
2

I'm happy your grandfather and dad are going to the Series! PLEASE choose a different charity to donate your funds to. The Purple Heart Foundation is the fundraising engine of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Sixty-six percent (66%) of the money they raise goes to professional fundraisers and other overhead! There are better Veteran charities that can use the funds. Here's a link to their IRS Form 990 (non-profit tax return) so anyone can see the numbers they filed. Choo

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Tom Finch
6 months ago
2
2

Go Cubs Go! This one is for all the fans who couldn't be with us today!

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Carol Butera-Voitl
5 months ago
1
1

Thank you for your service and have the time of your life!

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Eric Rubin
5 months ago
1
1

Wonderful, wonderful news. Thanks for sharing Helen. Hope its a special outing for your wonderful Grandpa, and a great game for the Cubs. Thank you Marcus Lemonis! Go Cubbies!

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John Bircher
5 months ago

How about a challenge to the Chicago Cubs Where are you? How about stepping up and joining the effort to support the Purple Heart Foundation in their assistance to wounded veterans and their families!!

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Chris Green
5 months ago

Not a bitter person at all Arlene as I wrote this i expected some to feel this way and that is your right. As it is everyone's right to give to this and not what I had talked about. It is as you say their money to do with what they want. I am by no means saying that should give to someone who is fighting for their life against impossible odds. I am merely pointing out how our society sometimes holds remedial stuff like going to a game higher than someones life. My nephew has a brain tumor which can not be removed , he has had a go fund me up for about 8 months and has gotten less than 1,000 dollars to help his family out. They have to drive 2 hours to see some of their doctors and it has been a real struggle for them and their family. So before you judge someone for putting a post up maybe you should check yourself because you know Karma may be coming up from behind you when you least expect it. If you read my whole post I said I feel for him and am glad he gets to go. A lot of it comes from how many people see the post and how many times it gets shared. I am sorry you feel that way and by no means did I come down on the person for posting this or this well deserving old man. My nephew has 5 small children with the oldest being only 10 years old. I think everyday how they all must feel dealing with the possibility of him not making it. I know it has come down to one thing or the other when it comes to finances. Some of his medication he can not get because it cost too much as well as not making doctor appointments at times. Sorry for using this to explain his situation but there are many many other in the same or similar situations that do not get the help they so desperately need.

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Chris Green
5 months ago

I am sorry but what a damn joke!!! I mean I have seen many Go Fund Me ads and to see one for someone to go to a damn game I mean seriously. There are a bunch that i have seen that are for people that actually need the money to help fight a disease that could possibly kill them. I feel horrible because some of them do not even come close to getting the support this man has gotten to go to a damn baseball game. I understand, the Cubs have not won one in 108 years and he himself hasn't been to one since 1945. Well there is a reason for that, they haven't been back there since then. Plenty of time to save up some cash to buy your own ticket I think. I know some are gonna get pissed because he is a 97 year old man and where is my compassion for him. Don't get wrong I feel for him and am glad he can go. It's just like I said there are so many people that really need this help to keep living or at least help their families as they try and fight something that is totally unplanned in which NO ONE is ever ready for. Believe me I am the biggest sports fan around but come on this kinda gives us a snap shot into our society and where our priorities are as humans that we would give to this but not someone that could possibly die if they can not raise the money to help pay for treatment or even gas to and from doctors. It is great that they are giving the money raised to charity since someone gave him 2 tickets. Although that is not the point it is the fact of all the people that gave to this and just skip past other one that actually mean something.

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Deb Kauzlarich
5 months ago

I absolutely love the pic of your grandpa with the ball! I'm so glad he got to go and so glad he had a wonderful time. And thank for all you're doing to help other vets!

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Yuni Garcia
5 months ago

Just wondering if he made it?

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Lissette Yahia
5 months ago

So did he go???

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Jeannie Harp
5 months ago

Hi Helen, I was just watching ABC Nightly news and rejoiced that your grandfather will be attending the game tonight! My dad served at Pearl Harbor too. It brought tears to my eyes. I'm not a baseball fan but I want Chicago to win the series because of your grandfather.

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Rita Schlegel
5 months ago

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!! What a wonderful story!! Have a blast, Mr Schlegel!! Sending love from Schlegel's in Maine.

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Sumer Aspiazu
5 months ago

What an amazing story! And how unselfish & kind that you are donating the money since you were gifted the tickets!! So happy for your grandpa!! GO CUBS!!⚾️⚾️

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$12,940 of $10k goal

Raised by 509 people in 6 months
No Longer Accepting Donations
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Created October 23, 2016
Helen Schlegel  
on behalf of Stephen Ruckman
SH
$10
Sharon Howard
5 months ago
JW
$25
Judith Washburn
5 months ago

Wish my dad had made it to see the Cubs make the World Series. Have fun at the game!!

$10
Valerie DeLisle
5 months ago

Thank you so much for your service Sir! My husband was in the Navy and is also a huge Cubs fan having grown up in Chicago. He is watching every game from home in Delaware waiting to see the Cubbies go all the way!

CT
$25
Craig Thompson
5 months ago

Hey Chicago what do you say.....

CA
$5
Connor Aiken
5 months ago
LB
$50
Lori Bonneau
5 months ago

God Bless you, your grandfather and all Vets.

$20
Anonymous
5 months ago
GH
$10
guy harris
5 months ago
LE
$10
Laura Elsbernd
5 months ago
JB
$100
John Bircher
5 months ago

Thank you Helen Schlegel, Marcus Lemonis and Purple Heart Foundation for what you are doing to help Veterans and their families. So happy that Mr. Schlegel is going to the game.

Rogelio Gonzalez
6 months ago

Hello Helen, my name is Rogelio Gonzalez, I am a fan of Marcus Lemonis, an investor and tv show host of "The Profit" He shared your GoFundMe for your grandpa and says he wants to take your grandpa to the game, He needs to reach out to you for this. His Twitter is @MarcusLemonis

+ Read More
Marc Renault
6 months ago

Hi....just sent this link to the Cubs organization via their website....hope someone there can help you out!!! Good luck!!!

+ Read More
Theresa Jansen
5 months ago

Marcus Lemonis just tweeted and said he has a front row seat for your grandpa! Please contact him on twitter @marcuslemonis

+ Read More
Laura Frye
5 months ago
8
8

I think donating to the Purple Heart Foundation is great, but for what it's worth, I wouldn't be opposed to using the money to try to get your grandpa to as many games as you can afford!

+ Read More
Peggy Ann
6 months ago
5
5

I hope you get to go to the game! Thank you for your service!

+ Read More
Scott Feck
6 months ago
4
4

you fought for our country you should get them free. i hope my little bit helps you, I had so much fun this summer at the games at wrigley/ It has been a fun fun year. I know you will get to go. HAVE FUN! and thank you for your service

+ Read More
Amy Schlegel Spikings
6 months ago
3
3

I shared this page on the WGN facebook page where so many nice people left such sweet comments

+ Read More
Don McFarland
5 months ago
2
2

I'm happy your grandfather and dad are going to the Series! PLEASE choose a different charity to donate your funds to. The Purple Heart Foundation is the fundraising engine of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Sixty-six percent (66%) of the money they raise goes to professional fundraisers and other overhead! There are better Veteran charities that can use the funds. Here's a link to their IRS Form 990 (non-profit tax return) so anyone can see the numbers they filed. Choo

+ Read More
Tom Finch
6 months ago
2
2

Go Cubs Go! This one is for all the fans who couldn't be with us today!

+ Read More
Carol Butera-Voitl
5 months ago
1
1

Thank you for your service and have the time of your life!

+ Read More
Eric Rubin
5 months ago
1
1

Wonderful, wonderful news. Thanks for sharing Helen. Hope its a special outing for your wonderful Grandpa, and a great game for the Cubs. Thank you Marcus Lemonis! Go Cubbies!

+ Read More
John Bircher
5 months ago

How about a challenge to the Chicago Cubs Where are you? How about stepping up and joining the effort to support the Purple Heart Foundation in their assistance to wounded veterans and their families!!

+ Read More
Chris Green
5 months ago

Not a bitter person at all Arlene as I wrote this i expected some to feel this way and that is your right. As it is everyone's right to give to this and not what I had talked about. It is as you say their money to do with what they want. I am by no means saying that should give to someone who is fighting for their life against impossible odds. I am merely pointing out how our society sometimes holds remedial stuff like going to a game higher than someones life. My nephew has a brain tumor which can not be removed , he has had a go fund me up for about 8 months and has gotten less than 1,000 dollars to help his family out. They have to drive 2 hours to see some of their doctors and it has been a real struggle for them and their family. So before you judge someone for putting a post up maybe you should check yourself because you know Karma may be coming up from behind you when you least expect it. If you read my whole post I said I feel for him and am glad he gets to go. A lot of it comes from how many people see the post and how many times it gets shared. I am sorry you feel that way and by no means did I come down on the person for posting this or this well deserving old man. My nephew has 5 small children with the oldest being only 10 years old. I think everyday how they all must feel dealing with the possibility of him not making it. I know it has come down to one thing or the other when it comes to finances. Some of his medication he can not get because it cost too much as well as not making doctor appointments at times. Sorry for using this to explain his situation but there are many many other in the same or similar situations that do not get the help they so desperately need.

+ Read More
Chris Green
5 months ago

I am sorry but what a damn joke!!! I mean I have seen many Go Fund Me ads and to see one for someone to go to a damn game I mean seriously. There are a bunch that i have seen that are for people that actually need the money to help fight a disease that could possibly kill them. I feel horrible because some of them do not even come close to getting the support this man has gotten to go to a damn baseball game. I understand, the Cubs have not won one in 108 years and he himself hasn't been to one since 1945. Well there is a reason for that, they haven't been back there since then. Plenty of time to save up some cash to buy your own ticket I think. I know some are gonna get pissed because he is a 97 year old man and where is my compassion for him. Don't get wrong I feel for him and am glad he can go. It's just like I said there are so many people that really need this help to keep living or at least help their families as they try and fight something that is totally unplanned in which NO ONE is ever ready for. Believe me I am the biggest sports fan around but come on this kinda gives us a snap shot into our society and where our priorities are as humans that we would give to this but not someone that could possibly die if they can not raise the money to help pay for treatment or even gas to and from doctors. It is great that they are giving the money raised to charity since someone gave him 2 tickets. Although that is not the point it is the fact of all the people that gave to this and just skip past other one that actually mean something.

+ Read More
Deb Kauzlarich
5 months ago

I absolutely love the pic of your grandpa with the ball! I'm so glad he got to go and so glad he had a wonderful time. And thank for all you're doing to help other vets!

+ Read More
Yuni Garcia
5 months ago

Just wondering if he made it?

+ Read More
Lissette Yahia
5 months ago

So did he go???

+ Read More
Jeannie Harp
5 months ago

Hi Helen, I was just watching ABC Nightly news and rejoiced that your grandfather will be attending the game tonight! My dad served at Pearl Harbor too. It brought tears to my eyes. I'm not a baseball fan but I want Chicago to win the series because of your grandfather.

+ Read More
Rita Schlegel
5 months ago

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!! What a wonderful story!! Have a blast, Mr Schlegel!! Sending love from Schlegel's in Maine.

+ Read More
Sumer Aspiazu
5 months ago

What an amazing story! And how unselfish & kind that you are donating the money since you were gifted the tickets!! So happy for your grandpa!! GO CUBS!!⚾️⚾️

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